April 10, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The offense used a strong second half - sparked by a brief but dogmatic halftime speech by head coach Danny Hope - to come from behind and defeat the defense 36-32 in an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday morning at Ross-Ade Stadium.
The scrimmage, which consisted of 100-plus plays and lasted an hour and 40 minutes, came down the last play, with fullback Jared Crank scoring on an 8-yard run.
The defense dominated early, holding the offense without a touchdown for 55 minutes. On the day, the defense had six takeaways - four interceptions and two fumbles.
On takeaways, Hope usually stops the play once it occurs to avoid the quarterback from being compelled to try to make a tackle and chalks up three points to the defense. But no one could have tracked down Short, who waltzed into the end zone and celebrated, and was awarded six points.
"Three points for the interception and three for the dance," Hope said.
"Too many turnovers by the offense," Hope said. "But if our defense has six takeaways, we're going to win a lot of games."
Here were the quarterbacks' stats for the day:
"The defense dominated the first half, and I challenged the offense to make something happen in the second half," Hope said. "I like the way they responded. They made some plays and won the scrimmage.
"We got a lot of reps, which is what we needed, and there was a lot of spirit out there. But we have a lot of work to do. We're not nearly a finished product."
Crank finished with 45 yards rushing on six carries to go with three receptions for 33 yards, including a 24-yard score from Marve. Al-Terek McBurse had 42 yards on 16 carries, while Keith Carlos added 23 yards on eight rushes.
Linebacker Joe Holland topped the defense with eight tackles, while Beckford, Eargle and cornerback Josh Johnson had seven stops apiece. Johnson recorded three pass breakups, as well. The defense was credited with five sacks.
Purdue returns to practice Monday, leading up to next Saturday's Black & Gold Game .